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Abundance Drama 5 (3m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Bess Johnson and Macon Hill are mail-order brides who meet while waiting for their husbands to pick them up to start life in a small town in the Wyoming Territory in the 1860s. Bess is a romantic while Macon Hill is exuberant and determined about getting on with a life in the West, one that promises to be full of possibility. The husbands arrive. Bess, expecting Mike Flynn, gets his brother, Jack. Macon's husband is William Curtis, a widower with one eye and a scarred face. Life becomes very difficult for Bess and Jack, and Bess is constantly abused and totally unappreciated. They struggle—and fail—to make ends meet. On the other hand, Macon is hardly tolerant of William, although the couple is affluent. One Christmas Eve, in a rage, Jack burns down the cabin. Macon and William take the couple in and start living together for a longer time than expected. Bess and Macon, having forged a strong bond, decide that some day they will strike out on their own, though Macon is reluctant to actually do so. Some time later, while celebrating their mutual wedding anniversaries, Jack and Macon become lovers at the same time Bess is abducted by Indians! Macon, Jack and Will continue to live together over the years, believing that Bess has been killed. However, Bess returns, having escaped death by becoming assimilated into Indian life, and now seems incapable of resuming a normal life. During her absence, the fortunes of Macon and Will have greatly diminished. Bess agrees to tell the story of her abduction and escape for publication and the lecture circuit. With the help of a professor, she becomes the country's hottest sensation with this dramatic—and embellished—tale. Jack develops a new love for her, while Macon and Will separate and fail miserably at their new business pursuits. Many years later as Bess is getting ready to retire and Macon is ready to die, the women reconcile as they muse over how they have and have not "savored the boundlessness of it all."

"ABUNDANCE percolates with dark laughter…this is its author's most provocative play in years…Given Ms. Henley's ability to spin the tallest of tales, ABUNDANCE sometimes has the tone of a rambunctious tongue-in-cheek Twain story, with echoes of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man." —NY Times. "a real treat…" —The New Yorker. "Part of the pleasure of the play is seeing the women's differing destinies spelled out deftly, often comically. Henley's gift for the telling image and the absurd situation comes into play regularly." —Variety. "Henley has an unmistakable talent for making human desperation seem funny, complex and unpredictable." —Village Voice.   

Accelerando Comedy/Satire; Romance 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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This romantic comedy employs twelve scenes to reveal a relationship that spans an entire nighttime, because: A) with the way the world is speeding up nowadays, a nighttime is really what a lifetime used to be; B) HE's busy, and; C) SHE's in a rush. HE is a classical musician and filmmaker who lives for Art. SHE is a dancer determined to find Love. (The audience will ultimately be asked to vote on which is more important.) Other obstacles are their Mothers (Puerto Rican and WASP), who appear in dreams, or when reason takes a walk or a giant leap, leaving the door open for all mothers…And Fathers, who appear as slides—not quite flesh and blood, but still able to have left an impression. A live musician accompanies all the fun.

"To a classical musician, 'accelerando' means speed it up, but only in music, not in life. The word holds richer potency for a ballet dancer recovering from a broken foot, intent on finding true love by dawn on this particular New Year's Eve…Lisa Loomer's delightfully kinky romantic comedy ACCELERANDO…is inventive and absorbing…His mystical approach to life…bounces joyfully off her matter-of-fact belief in the romantic power of legal bonding." —Los Angleles Times. "Lisa Loomer's ACCELERANDO…puts a refreshing new spin on the familiar theme of looking for love in all the wrong (or possibly right) places…[the] Author's gift is an ability to treat her subject and subjects sympathetically while at the same time sticking them with keenly honed comic barbs." —Variety. "ACCELERANDO…is a carefree, unconventional and funny play." —Drama-Logue.   

Accidental Guru 5 (3m, 2f) View Details Compare
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A writer finds himself accidentally a counsellor for would-be suicides.

Accomplices, The Drama 9 (7m, 2f) View Details Compare
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The time is 1940. Hillel Kook arrives in the United States, fresh from the underground resistance to the British in Palestine. Under the alias Peter Bergson, he leads a small group of activists in seeking to rescue Jews threatened with destruction in Europe. Bergson is shocked to find his efforts blocked by the indifference and anti-Semitism in the Roosevelt administration and the fears and timidity of the Jewish establishment. Undaunted, Bergson and his colleagues organize a bold campaign to open the doors of the United States to Jews fleeing Hitler in a desperate race against time. Based on actual events, THE ACCOMPLICES is the true story of one man's fight on American soil to shatter a conspiracy of silence and inaction in the face of genocide.

"This is a story that needs to be told, and Weinraub—a longtime New York Times reporter—does so with moving clarity. A substantial, punch-packing morality thriller. Don't miss!" —Time Out NY. "A gripping work that illuminates a shameful period in American history. Sharply written." —NY Post. "THE ACCOMPLICES recalls political drama of the 1930s. As in, say, Clifford Odets' Waiting for Lefty. Bernard Weinraub has written a solid piece of agitation propaganda about events of yesteryear." —Variety. "Deeply affecting. Profoundly disturbing. Ultimately heartbreaking." —NY Newsday. "Provocative, intelligent and compelling. THE ACCOMPLICES will give you plenty to talk about." —NY Daily News. "…[a] pull-no-punches excoriation of the Roosevelt Administration's reluctance to shelter Eastern European Jews before and during WWII…A fascinating and underreported story." —NY Sun.

According to Goldman Comedy/Satire; Drama 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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In an attempt to get back into the movie business, a screenwriter-turned-professor finds himself in an unorthodox collaboration with a student, while his wife struggles to define their evolving relationship. ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN pits the lure of fame and celebrity against domestic tranquility.

"ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN is a film buff's delight…packed with material twisting in different directions…brimming with plots and inter-intra character relationships, fantasy scenes, father-son issues, calls from the coast, movie nostalgia, reality checks, deals, trust, ego, and deception…we truly enjoy the ride, admire the technique and appreciate the turns…impressive display and well worth seeing. Bruce Graham is a major talent." —CurtainUp. "…highly entertaining and fascinating…a work that should appeal to movie and theater fans alike. Constantly surprising and often hilarious…does something that few works actually achieve nowadays, namely create rich and complex characters we passionately care about…Graham's writing truly sparkles, effortlessly…entirely fresh and captivating." —Talkin' Broadway. "Just when you think you have Bruce Graham's play ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN all figured out—just when you decide that it's Graham at his humorous best, with one-liners that make you laugh out loud—along comes the second act surprise…this turns out to be a play about change, about midlife crises and about Hollywood itself, warts and all…[William Goldman's] famous quote has come to be an anthem: 'Nobody knows anything'…there's more truth than poetry in that statement, which is also at the core of this engaging play. When a piece of stagecraft can make you laugh, make you think, make you sad and make you wiser, you've had a good night at the theater. ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN does all that…It's a pleasure to experience." —Central Record. "Bruce Graham's latest work is a savvy and insightful look at ambition, insecurity and duplicity among those who conjure up movie magic…packs a memorable emotional sting." —Courier Post.    

Achilles in Sparta Drama 14 (8m, 6f) View Details Compare
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A tragedy has befallen a great city. A country girds for war. Helen, the national figurehead of beauty and hope, has been abducted from Sparta, and its young men and women—those most likely to do the fighting, and mourning—ready themselves for struggle. Developed expressly for young actors, ACHILLES IN SPARTA uses short, highly theatrical scenes and monologues to tell the story of a nation marching towards inevitable conflict and the fall of a hero. With variable casting possibilities intended to meet the needs of a group of any size, from small class productions to conservatory productions with large casting demands, ACHILLES IN SPARTA provides an engrossing entryway into the classics through an emotionally accessible and linguistically rich theatrical experience that explores the joys and challenges of stagecraft and acting.

     

Acting Lesson, The Drama 4 (3m, 1f) View Details Compare
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Beginning with rudimentary exercises in self-expression, the Teacher has his three students (two actors, one actress) become plants opening forth to the sun, and then various trees with their characteristic natures. From this they go on to depict children playing with imaginary toys—and falling into the pouts and tantrums to which such activity so often leads. And then comes a more complex situation. Both actors are to be young lovers proposing marriage to the actress, and each is to follow the same script—with the final lines left blank. They are free to vary their style of delivery to fit their feelings, putting as much as possible of their own personalities into their playing, with the final decision as to who will be accepted left to the actress to improvise. The last lesson is for the actors to play the most difficult roles of all—themselves. One of them reaches a point of true self-understanding. The others flounder—but in their failure is a greater lesson, and one which infuses the play with a significance and dramatic tension sure to affect actors and audience alike.

Part of the trilogy entitled "Variations on an Untitled Theme." First produced at the Southwest Theatre Conference, the play has become a favorite with college, community and scholastic groups. Its theme, of an imaginative director coaching three young acting students, provides for characterizations and action of remarkable interest and variety.  

Action Drama 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Two men and two women drink coffee and wait for a turkey to finish roasting in the oven. While the women go about ordinary household tasks, the men behave in an increasingly erratic manner and the world of the play is shown to be both familiar and strangely frightening. Eventually the turkey is carved and the true nature of the landscape outside the house is revealed as a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

Action Against Sol Schumann, The Drama 9 (5m, 4f) View Details Compare
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As told by the Chicago Tribune: "Jeffrey Sweet's deeply felt and profoundly moving new play confronts its characters, and its audience, with a complex moral dilemma. Sol Schumann, a devout American Jew and beloved father of two grown sons, in 1985 is accused of unspeakable crimes he allegedly had committed many years earlier. That is all the story you need to know or should know, for part of the strength of Sweet's drama is the surprising twists and turns it takes in its plot, character, psychological and moral development. Like his earlier drama The Value of Names this is a tale, loosely based on a real case, of children and parents. It tells of the bond that links them and of the gulf that separates them. And though Sol Schumann is the title character, the two central forces of the drama are his sons, who in the course of tracking through the maze of legal, moral and personal issues on the sins of their father, also must come to terms with their relationships with him as their father's children. An unusually thoughtful and provocative script, rich in drama (and melodrama). This is a play to remember."

"Jeffrey Sweet over the years has become really a masterful playwright. Always brief, pithy, he has now developed a style of concentrated dialogue in which there is not an extra syllable, and in which the key emotional moments and ideas are punched out almost with a ferocious energy. I really recommend THE ACTION AGAINST SOL SCHUMANN. It is intense, serious, highly theatrical, entertaining." —WBEZ (NPR Chicago). "…one of those deliciously meaty stories with complex characters and a substantial plot that surprises you at every corner. If THE ACTION AGAINST SOL SCHUMANN were a novel, you'd stay up all night just to finish it." —New City. "Victory Gardens—the 2001 Regional Tony Award winner—champions realistic Chicago voices such as Jeffrey Sweet, whose ACTION AGAINST SOL SCHUMANN last season chilled and moved." —Chicago Magazine.   

Actor's Nightmare, The Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner's axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion—denying him a well-earned curtain call.

Conceived as a companion piece to the author's award-winning short play Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all for You (and providing for doubling by the same actors), this hilarious spoof details the plight of a stranger who is suddenly pushed on stage to replace an ailing actor.

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